A symptom is something that indicates the presence of something else. In neck pain the soft tissues that are damaged are responsible for the pain. These tissues are mainly nerves, ligaments, cartilage, muscle, tendons and connective tissues; occasionally from intervertebral discs, lymph nodes, blood vessels and bone. So when the correct tissues are identified the solution becomes much clearer.
Looking at the different tissues they are injured or irritated by several things:
- – Nerves become swollen and inflamed due to constraining pressure from swollen joints as the nerves leave the spine and branch outward. In the case of nerves, the pain can follow the length up into the head or down the length of the arm.
- Ligament pain is caused by excessive stretching and tearing of the partly elastic fibers due to acute trauma (accidents, injuries) or due to wrong head / neck positional stress while awake or asleep.
- Cartilage pain is caused by inflammation and compressive forces due to vertebral misalignments.
- Muscle pain is caused by overuse that makes the muscle fibers tear or become inflammed; this due to overexertion, sudden loss of heat (laming). poor posture with head in forward position too long.
- Tendons become painful for the same reasons ligaments hurt.
- Connective tissues can be overstretched by mechanical forces or by pockets of swelling due to inflammation.
People can hurt their neck from wrong position watching TV or during sleep; from poor ergonomics at their work station to excessive sports activities. Injuries are a common cause of neck pain: vehicular injuries, sports injuries, some work injuries.
Naturally, the body initiates a full healing process, but often enough the healing is incomplete, leaving scar tissues and weakened structures that cause instabilities of the spinal joints and eventual misalignments of the spine. Over time these misalignments contribute to pinched nerves that cause radiating pains in the shoulder and arm, to the wrist and hand; to arthritis, cervical spondylosis (lipping and spurring around the joints and discs) and degenerative disc disease.
Fortunately a person can have their neck checked by a Doctor of Chiropractic if there is a lot of pain but even better when there is just stiffness or mind occasional pain; before the pain becomes intolerable. NEVER JUST TOLERATE, things will only get worse over time.
Unfortunately, too many people know little to nothing about chiropractic and over time they see their neck problems become increasingly more complicated. Time is not your friend in situations like this.
In closing we are enclosing a common list of symptoms that have been reported by patients to have improved following their chiropractic care while resolving their neck pain: neck stiffness, dizziness, migraines, allergies, epileptic seizures, sinus pressure, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, tinnitus, tension headaches, numbness of the arm, numbness of the hands, vertigo, shoulder pain, cervical origin headaches, improved hearing, improved eye sight, improved taste, improved thyroid function and reduced shoulder tension, to name several.
Yours in Health,